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New York New York

Updated: Jul 5, 2023

New York City comprises 5 boroughs sitting where the Hudson River meets the Atlantic Ocean. At its core is Manhattan, a densely populated borough that’s among the world’s major commercial, financial and cultural centers. Its iconic sites include skyscrapers such as the Empire State Building and sprawling Central Park.

I have been to New York more times than I can count. From a little girl on top of the original World Trade Centers, to business trips, to girls trips at Christmas time ( my favorite). It doesn’t appeal to me anymore but my memories are priceless. Eating dinner in Little Italy, pastries and coffee Ferrara Bakery, walks in Central Park. I think my favorite memory though, was when the boys were little and I took them to the city. I asked our cab driver what would be something fun to do with them that wouldn’t cost a lot of money. He recommended taking the Staten Island Ferry over and back. At the time it was free ( and safe). We saw the city at night from the water, and got so close to the Statue of Liberty we could almost touch it. South Street Seaport was also a favorite for me then. Most recently though, I would say walking the High Line has been a favorite. The High Line is a 1.45-mile-long elevated linear park, greenway and rail trail created on a former New York Central Railroad spur on the west side of Manhattan in New York City. It’s near the Chelsea Market, which is a food and shopping mall, and where the Food Network is located.

Christmas in New York is like no other place. The tree at Rockefeller Center, the windows at Saks, and the nativity scene at Saint Patricks Cathedral. On one of my last trips, we ate at the famous Tavern on the Green. It had closed down for years and sat empty but is once again thriving. Sadly, though post pandemic some of the iconic restaurants have closed down.

I am glad I have all these memories, because I really have no desire to go back. It’s just not the same.

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